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A video of Chester Bennington recorded just 36 hours before his death can teach us an important lesson about depression. Watch here:
The Linkin Park singer took his own life on 20 July 2017 and would have been 45 today (20 March).
He left behind six children and wife Talinda, who posted the video on Twitter in September 2017 with the caption: "This is what depression looked like to us just 36 hrs b4 his death. He loved us SO much & we loved him. #f***depression #MakeChesterProud."
Depression can manifest itself in many different ways, and often it is hard to identify at all. This is why it is so important to check in with your friends and loved ones.
Talinda highlighted this point on podcast Life After Suicide in 2019.
She said: "We just thought he was okay.
"I can't emphasise [that] enough. If you knew Chester, you would know that he was in a good place, in such a good place.
"In some of the interviews he had given before he died he speaks about what was going on inside of his head in these dark moments and the fact that he was speaking about them was a huge step forward in his mental health."
Talinda has now paid tribute to her late-husband on Twitter, saying she and their children miss him dearly.
Happy Birthday :heart::heart::heart:
You would have been 45 and yes, Tyler would have you doing this dance again!This life without you never gets easier or less painful. We miss you dearly. We will celebrate you in so many ways today.Tyler teaching the girls and I this dance will be just one. pic.twitter.com/MzSpxMBZV8
- Talinda Bennington (@TalindaB) March 20, 2021
Happy Birthday, Chester :hearts: Feel free to share your favorite photos/memories below. pic.twitter.com/4E4L5wxONl
- LINKIN PARK (@linkinpark) March 20, 2021
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Featured Image Credit: Twitter/Talinda Bennington
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